Whether he should or not, for the long term, that’s really the question. Alex Howes’s racing future is probably safe for now, but let us know if you see one of these things learning to ride in a peloton. Van der Poel, who raced a heavy slate of road and mountain bike events this year, said he will miss dueling with van Aert while his rival is on the mend, but that he looks forward to taking on Iserbyt. Van der Poel and his support team may have a perfectly timed peak in mind for the Tokyo Games. He’ll continue with World Cup mountain-bike racing this weekend in Lenzerheide before returning to the road, first with the August 15-18 Arctic Race of Norway, followed by the September 7-14 OVO Energy Tour of Britain, and finally the World Road Championship in Yorkshire on September 29. Reigning world cyclocross champion Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) is set to make his ‘cross season debut on Sunday at Superprestige Ruddervoorde, and the versatile Dutchman has a packed racing calendar on tap to follow, with a total of eight starts planned in November. Van der Poel's major goal on the mountain bike will be the Olympic Games in Tokyo, with the cross-country race falling on July 27. The anticipation will be high to see if van der Poel can match his stunning road performances in 2019, when he won Amstel Gold, Brabantse Pijl and Dwars door Vlaanderen. 26-year-old van der Poel, riding just in front of the Frenchman, narrowly avoided the bike on the right side of the road. In any case, after the Classics, he'll switch disciplines once again for the summer. For a rider who’s good at just about everything, he’s also quite an accomplished skier. >> Van der Poel’s tentative 2020 spring schedule, Volta ao Algarve (February 19-23) Pfingsten has spent the last five seasons as a member of the Bora-Hansgrohe squad, generally riding in a support role. Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 5) Kariera. “A few motorbikes wanted to go behind us, because our gap was growing, I wanted to take profit as much as possible to go behind the moto, and I think Julian was not concentrating or something. Like CyclingTips? After securing his third cyclocross World Championship title, Mathieu van der Poel told Cycling News that he would love to race Enduro. It’s also safe to assume he’ll be racing on the road in March and April, with a focus on the spring classics. His final mountain-bike race of the season will be the Olympic mountain-bike test event in Tokyo on October 6. – CyclingTips, may end its sponsorship of the Katusha-Alpecin team, Michigan’s Barry-Roubaix Returns in 2019 with Sold Out Field, New Partner – Cyclocross Magazine, Michigan’s Barry-Roubaix Returns in 2019 with Sold Out Field, New Partner, Ask the Coaches: Training for Gravel Events with Limited Time – Cyclocross Magazine, Ask the Coaches: Training for Gravel Events with Limited Time, Gravel Race: Riders Bring “Eh Game” to The Crusher in Michigan’s UP – Cyclocross Magazine, Gravel Race: Riders Bring “Eh Game” to The Crusher in Michigan’s UP, 22-Year-Old WorldTour Rider Dies After Crash at the Tour of Poland – Bicycling, Mountain Biking Pomerelle & The Albion Mountains – Idaho’s Hidden Gem – Local Freshies, Mountain Bike Team Concludes First Year – Mdcp.nwaonline.com, Preview: What you need to know about the Ceratizit “Madrid” Challenge – CyclingTips, Preview: What you need to know about the Ceratizit “Madrid” Challenge, JRA with the Angry Asian: Should we be considering full-face road helmets? So, I’m in happy expectation.”, Jumbo-Visma completes roster with signing of Pfingsten. There may be perfectly good reasons why they prefer not to discuss his 2020 schedule. In signing the 31-year-old German, Jumbo-Visma has completed its roster for the upcoming 2020 campaign, concluding a transfer season that saw the squad also add Tom Dumoulin, Chris Harper, and Tobias Foss. Van der Poel's major goal on the mountain bike will be the Olympic Games in Tokyo, with the cross-country race falling on July 27. Even phenoms need an offseason. Since he announced the remainder of his 2019 schedule, van der Poel has gone on to win the World Cup short-track event at Les Gets on July 12, the European Championship on July 28, and the World Cup short-track and cross-country events at Val di Sole over the weekend.